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This site is created by Jim Laprel; avid runner, comic and blogger. See my schedule below for my latest comedy appearances. Click on my blogs to see my latest thoughts on the New England Patriots and the NFL, as well as other aspects of life.

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"
                          Lao-tzu Chinese philosopher ( 604-531 B.C. )

Start of the New York City Marathon

Nov 1, 2015 

At the finish line

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Listen to this interview I did on Big Sauce Radio about my marathon running and comedy.

Watch me work on my "Bucket List" in my Youtube debut. I'm eating the first banana in my lifetime.

Here is an interview I did with a local newspaper about my running.

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My blog: "All Pats Talk". Read the latest on the three time Super Bowl Champions and the rest of the NFL. Get an "outsiders" viewpoint. (click here)

Read about the lives of fascinating people in my blog: "They Wrote Their First Line" (click here) UPDATED 05/23/16

  

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Thurs, Mar 21     Soho Asian Restaurant

                            89 Lowell Rd.  Hudson, NH  7:30pm

Sun, Mar 31       Pinata's Mexican Restaurant

                         251 Main St.  Tewksbury, Mass  7:30pm 

  Random Thoughts About Things

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

A Falling Tree and Truck

 

It has been extremely windy today like it was on Tuesday. It sounded nice while I laid in bed this morning, but there are consequences.

As of 5pm, about 15,000 customers were without power in Eastern Massachusetts. My power went off for about one second around noon.

On Tuesday, a driver was killed when the wind blew a tree over onto the roof of his truck. That was such a freak accident on a rural road in New Hampshire. What are the odds of being in the place at that moment? 

It was a tragedy that makes you wonder.

5:28 pm edt 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Finding A Sitter

 

People really love their smart phones. They become addicted to their devices and try to use them for so many aspects of their life.

There is an app for almost anything. I'm a little skeptical about parents using one to find  a babysitter. Not everyone has family and friends available. They find the app to be very helpful. 

I just hope the vetting process and background checks are done well.  

 

8:14 pm edt 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Stay In Hotels

 

Airbnb is looking into doing business in Cuba. I can't imagine staying with a stranger or using their residence, especially in a foreign country. People do it all the time. Airbnb is worth billions. Their business model is working very successfully.

I'm not a very trusting person, so this would never work for me. 

9:44 pm edt 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Look Up

 

Some laws are passed to protect people from themselves. Several states have tried to have a law about texting and walking.

People have been injured and killed over the years due to their lack of attention. It's also the perfect way to become a crime victim. 

I think a texting and walking law is a bit excessive. People need to be engaged with the world around them while they walk the streets, but you can't force hem.  

 

 

11:56 pm edt 

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Meat Discussion

 

People make controversial statements on Facebook and then get involved in long battles with others. One person made a comment about eating meat on Easter.  

Condemning meat is always a hot-button topic, especially when it comes from a vegan. It's an argument that neither side can win.

Some people enjoy arguing about anything. 

2:15 pm edt 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Betting On 21

 

It was only a matter of time before states started to make their own laws for fantasy sports betting websites. Fan Duel and Draftkings are facing the fight of their life to stay in business. Some states are trying to determine if their activities are indeed a form of gambling. 

States are setting their own rules. I think there should be some type of regulation by the government. They should even try to get a slice of the financial action. 

I don't agree that 21 should be the minimum age to play. This is just another example of the Nanny State. The age should be 18. Some members of the military would not be allowed to play if they are under 21. That doesn't make any sense to me. 

 

 

6:23 pm edt 

Friday, March 25, 2016

Not Ready To Binge

 

I read a report that said 70% of Americans engage in some type of binge television viewing. I think this figure is rather high, but I know many people who spend hours at a time catching up on a program.

I have never binged any program. I can't even think of one that I would do it for. I never heard of some that are mentioned by people on Facebook.  

5:32 pm edt 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Sands of July

 

As I ran along the streets of my hometown, I saw so much trash out there. Leaves from autumn were also mixed in with sand. There was so much of it. 

How do you get rid of it? Some of this stuff will be around in July. It will never be swept up. 

11:31 pm edt 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Crazy Campaign

 

The presidential election is still more than seven months away. The rhetoric has been very intense on both sides. It will only get worse after the party conventions.

We are watching history being made, but the process has been out of control. The candidates are not helping the situation. 

7:37 pm edt 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Recycling Police

 

Most towns and cities have mandatory recycling when it comes to trash pickup. People are encouraged to use their container to keep these items separate.

I don't think it's the job of municipal workers to travel through neighborhoods and inspect trash bags for compliance. This seems very Draconian and a violation of privacy.

You will never get a 100% recycling rate.  

6:18 pm edt 

Monday, March 21, 2016

Didn't Picture It

 

I updated my profile photo on Facebook. I never thought it would take as long as it did. I had four failed attempts. I'm not sure what I was doing wrong.

This should have been a simple thing to do. Other people do it all the time. It became a big project. 

 

2:47 pm edt 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Time For Stamps

 

I recently bought postage stamps at a local convenience store. It saved me a trip to the post office. They should last for a long time because I pay almost all of my bills on-line.

Fewer people are writing monthly checks. This is bad for the USPS. There are fewer stamps being bought and less business mail  being delivered. Their annual deficit continues to rise.

There will always be mail, but what will the USPS be like in ten years? 

11:18 am edt 

Saturday, March 19, 2016

The Last Hours of Winter

 

We are seeing the final hours of winter. Spring begins tomorrow, but it might snow. This doesn't happen very often, but it will melt quickly if we get it.

This winter has been very mild in terms of snow. The weather people love storms because it makes them relevant.

They started talking about this a few days ago. What started off as a foot of the white stuff has now been downgraded to less than three inches.

It doesn't matter. The weather people are still the lead news story and they love it. 

7:14 pm edt 

Friday, March 18, 2016

Alley Strike

 

A local bowling alley is closing after fifty years in operation by the same family. It will be demolished and replaced by a medical building.

People are lamenting the loss and wish it could remain. The owners are selling because of a decrease in business over the years.

Where were these people when they were needed? If they had patronized the business, it might still be open.

Everyone is nostalgic about the loss, but it was a bottom-line business decision. The owners could not keep going like this. They are not a charity. 

1:31 pm edt 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

March Nonsense Again

 

Here we are again with March Madness. I will never understand what all the hype is about. People who are not even basketball fans fill out a bracket for the "Final 68" teams. Millions of staff hours will be lost in productivity as workers check on games.

Reports say that 70 million Americans will participate and wager over $9 billion in office pools and other illegal formats. Legal betting only grabs $270 million of action. 

It's too bad that the government can't grab a piece of this. Every dollar counts. 

3:38 pm edt 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Passing The ScreenTest

 

You never know what you don't know about computers and smart phones. I never did a screen shot on my cell phone until yesterday. I never had the need and didn't know how to do it.

As it turns out, I had to look at the help menu to get it right. Who knew it was so easy? You can learn a lot when you look at the owner's manual. 

3:28 pm edt 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Uninformed Masses

 

I was watching a show where a reporter asked questions to people on the street about the election. I could only watch it for about a minute. The answers showed how uninformed people are these days. I didn't find it funny at all.

Some people are so out of it when it comes to the news. These are the ones who elect our leaders, assuming they even vote. 

So many people no longer read newspapers or follow the news on television or radio. They get their information from the Internet which is very scary. 

12:53 pm edt 

Monday, March 14, 2016

Cars Off Track

 

I saw a posting on Facebook yesterday from a couple who were taking Amtrak from Florida to Boston. They showed pictures of the sleeper car. It looked pretty nice. I made a comment about it being an interesting thing to do.

Earlier today, one of Amtrak's trains went off the tracks while on a trip from Los Angeles to Chicago. I doubt if I will ever do a trip like this. The journey was scheduled for forty hours. That seems too long to be on a train. 

8:04 pm edt 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

They Yell Too Much

 

This Presidential election is so important for America's future. I enjoy following the process on television with the debates and town meetings. Some of them have been out of control. The audience doesn't always help.

In a perfect world, people wouldn't yell out all sorts of nonsense. People think they are so important. They disrupt the flow of the dialogue. Their input isn't useful. 

9:35 pm edt 

Saturday, March 12, 2016

One Less Hour

 

Before this day is over, people need to turn their clocks one hour ahead because of Daylight Savings Time. People make a big deal about losing one hour of sleep. The news devotes too much time to this non-issue.

Nobody will be complaining once the amount of daylight increases. We will lose it in the morning, but it all works out eventually. 

 

12:15 am est 

Friday, March 11, 2016

Snapping Speeders

 

People drive too fast on highways and on local streets. It's a problem that will never go away. Breaking the speed limit in thickly settled areas is an ongoing issue.

Many locales use speed indicators to warn drivers of their speed. One resident took it to the extreme when he took pictures of cars exceeding the speed limit in his neighborhood. He spoke to the City Council and brought his 500 pictures which he took over the course of nine days. 

I admire his involvement, but should private citizens be documenting cars driving over the speed limit? The police could issue speeding tickets from this, but would they get thrown out in court?

 

3:35 pm est 

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Sea The Ocean

 

There are definitive seas and oceans around the world. I found it amusing that a news report would refer to Boston Harbor as a sea. The story involved a fatal accident where a car went into the water.

Instead of referring to the harbor as the ocean, the writer decided to call it a sea.

This is as corny as Manchester-By-The Sea. For most of their history, they were just Manchester. 

3:18 pm est 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Their First Case

 

Leave it to lawyers to file a lawsuit over almost anything. We are seeing former law students filing cases against their school because they never got a job after graduating.

Is that the fault of the school? Students must know that there is a glut of lawyers around the country and not enough jobs.When it comes to law school it should be "buyer beware".

There are no guarantees out there for anyone.

12:25 pm est 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

On A Leash

 

A person on Facebook was complaining about being fined $50 for not having their dog on a leash at a public park. It generated a number of comments from both sides.

I believe dogs should be on a leash at all times in public places. It's not fair when people are forced to deal with an unknown dog.

Everyone thinks their dog is wonderful and won't bite. You can never convince me after I got bit years ago

10:59 pm est 

Monday, March 7, 2016

Changing Names

 

It's never a good idea to try to rename something in honor of a person who recently passed away.

A nearby community has an on-line petition to rename their high school for a former educator.

Eventually, someone will complain that another person was looked over in the process.

Years ago, my city built four new schools. The naming process became so controversial that the school committee went with generic names, rather than try to recognize four individuals who had an impact on the city.

I believe that a high school should be named after its locale. 

12:18 pm est 

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Victims Don't Help

 

My local health club posted a notice at the front desk about car break-ins in the parking lot. Some people don't lock their cars or leave things exposed. I can't believe the things that people leave out in the open. It's an invitation to thieves.

The parking lot should be safe and secured, but why do people leave stuff in their cars? 

10:13 pm est 

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Very Wordy

 

Politicians love to talk about reforming the federal tax laws. It's an easy way to pander to voters. There is no doubt that the tax code is very complex. 

The Internal Revenue Code, as published by Commerce Clearing House, is 5,368 pages and contains 3.8 million words. We should not forget the Rules & Regulations which comprise a six volume set of 13,380 pages. 

Every item in the tax code addresses an issue. Reforming it will be quite a task.

8:13 pm est 

Friday, March 4, 2016

Electronic Nonsense

 

The Boston Globe recently had a public relations nightmare with a problem of home delivery of their newspaper. 

I switched to the e-paper format two years ago. Everything had been going well until they updated their software. Some of the papers don't download or take forever. I finally sent an email to their help desk today.

They can't afford to alienate their customers with a software problem. I'm sure others have the same problem.

5:45 pm est 

Thursday, March 3, 2016

One Thing I'll Never Eat

 

I never eat hot-dogs. My last one was in 2013 at a baseball game at Fenway Park. The ones in convenience stores don't look very appetizing. 

I'm not sure why Burger King decided to start selling them. I read a very poor review of them today. They should stick with their current menu. I can't imagine buying one there. 

7:19 pm est 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Scott Back In Town

 

Astronaut Scott Kelly is back home after spending the last 340 days on the International Space Station. His time in space will be very valuable in studying the effects of long flights, especially the eventual one to Mars.

His twin brother Mark is a former astronaut who spent time on the space station. They will both go through extensive medical tests.

The effects of long flights need further study before anyone goes to Mars. 

 

5:40 pm est 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Tuesday Is Super

 

It's almost 9pm on Super Tuesday. The results are coming in. How will it end up? Will everyone still be in the race after tomorrow?

History is being written at this moment. 

8:46 pm est 


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